Obama White House called "hostile workplace to women"
September 18, 2011 7:02 AM Subscribe
A new book says women have been marginalized in Obama's White House,
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according to an article in the Washington Post. Former communications director Anita Dunn is quoted as saying the White House "fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women." The book also quotes an unnamed official saying that "the boys' club" was not "just Larry [Summers] and Rahm [Emanuel]," but that Obama himself was responsible: "The president has a real woman problem."
Dunn appeared to have toned down her statements in an interview on Friday, saying the White House "was not a hostile environment." She added: "The president is someone who when he goes home at night he goes home to house full of very strong women. He values having strong women around him."
The article notes: "In November 2009, female aides complained to the president about being left out of meetings, or ignored."
The book is Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President
, by journalist Ron Suskind. The Washington Post article is based on excerpts of the book, which will be released on Tuesday.